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Libraries for the Future

The Highlands County Library System was created by affirmative referendum in 1987 to be governed by the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners. The system was formed by joining through contractual agreements, the municipal libraries of Avon Park and Sebring, and the Friends of the Library supported library of Lake Placid.

The Board of County Commissioners created a Library Advisory Board that coordinates major library operation and policy concerns with the Director. The Advisory Board makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for the development of the library. The System Director reports to the Highlands County Administrator. The Avon Park, Lake Placid and Sebring Public Libraries each have a professional librarian acting as library manager. These librarians report to the System Director.